Canvas Campfire Tent

A Traditional “Baker Tent” style open canvas utility tent

baker tent or campfire tentThis hand-built canvas tent designed specially by us is based on years of experience with this type of shelter – the classic North American frontier “Baker Tent” or “Campfire Tent”. Adaptable to use as a free standing tent, or attached as a 4×4 tent and awning or for canoe trips or bushcraft camping, we’ve stayed true to the simple functionality of this tent type. As Ray Mears put it when he used one on his French River canoe trip in Canada (see http://youtu.be/ut3KOabgdJ8?t=5m31s ) it works as “both your tarp and your tent in one” – use as an enclosed tent or as an open-fronted shelter with awning and side canopies to create a general camp admin or cooking area, out of the wind, rain or protected from the sun. This type of tent was also the preferred format for canoe-expedition tripper Bill Mason (see photo below).

Produced in high quality 11oz green khaki rip-stop poly-cotton canvas which is treated for waterproofing, rot-proofing and fire retardent – together with hand made ash and oak poles, this is a tent to let you make the most of any adventure or location: very simple to erect and pitch thanks to it’s unique design it works well in many types of terrain, and highly adaptable for an active camp with open-to-nature views and also providing solid and very usable shelter.

Starting with the beautiful simplicity of this traditional tent style, we’ve used beautiful hand-made ash and oak poles with copper or stainless steel joins, and revised the design and functions to make what we think is a robust, highly functional and elegant design – a tent you can really enjoy living with. These are made to order – delivery time approx. 3 weeks – contact us for further information or if you have any questions.

Dimensions: 4’6″ height x 7′ width x 4.6″ deep
Weight: 9.2 Kg
Price: £760.00 inclusive of hand-made Ash poles + £28 Shipping to UK (contact us for overseas shipping)
In Stock? Made to order – approx. 2 weeks delivery time.

The Campfire Tent on a rocky beach on Loch Ness - secured simply to the canoes to the front and a log to the rear - no pegs needed.

The Campfire Tent on a rocky beach on Loch Ness – secured simply to the canoes to the front and a log to the rear – no pegs needed.

Wynnchester Baker Tent in Use in Scotland's Assynt Mountains

Wynnchester Baker Tent pitched by a loch in the Assynt region of North-West Scotland

Canvas campfire tent scotland

The tent on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Baker Tent Heritage & History – Bill Mason & Ray Mears

Bill Mason

Legendary canoe expedition guru and wilderness camper Bill Mason popularised this tent style in his book “Song Of The Paddle – an Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Camping”:

Bill Mason legendary canoe expedition guru and wilderness camper popularised the campfire tent style in the 1970's in his book "Song Of The Paddle - an Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Camping"

Bill Mason, legendary canoe expedition guru and wilderness camper popularised this tent style in the 1970′s in his book Song Of The Paddle – an Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Camping

Ray Mears

Ray used Baker tents in both his “Canoe Journey” programme and his “Roger’s Rangers” episode of the Ray Mears Extreme Survival Series.

Rogers Rangers Episode

(skip to 3mins 30 secs for Baker Tent)

Canoe Journey Episode

(skip to 5mins 25secs for Baker Tent)